Rick D. Isernhagen, MD
Rick D. Isernhagen, MD joined Retina Associates of Kentucky in 1987. Dr. Isernhagen completed his undergraduate studies and medical school at the University of Oklahoma School of Medicine where he graduated at the top of his class. He then completed his residency and Chief Residency at Dean McGee Eye Institute in Oklahoma. Dr. Isernhagen completed his fellowship at Wilmer Ophthalmological Institute at Johns Hopkins University and Hospital. Dr. Isernhagen had many options as to where to practice, it was the beauty of the bluegrass and the chance to work with a strong leader in the field of vitreoretinal disease that led Dr. Isernhagen to call Kentucky his home. Dr. Isernhagen’s main research interest is the management of Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD). He has served as Principle Investigator in numerous clinical trials, including the AREDS II Study for Dry AMD. He has accumulated many professional awards over the years including “Best Doctors in America” and “America’s Top Ophthalmologists”. He has a special interest in Histoplasmosis and treats patients in clinic with Macular Dengeneration and all aspects of diabetic eye disease. Dr. Isernhagen was the second partner to join Retina Associates over 30 years ago and now practices side by side with his son, Blake A. Isernhagen, MD.
What led you to choose Retina Associates?
When I visited in 1987, I immediately fell in love with the people and the beauty of Kentucky. I found a tremendous opportunity to join a very strong leader in vitreoretinal diseases and surgery, my partner, William Wood, MD. Our practice has grown. I continue to be fortunate in working beside seven other gifted and caring physicians.
Why did you choose your subspecialty?
I chose ophthalmology as a specialty and retina as a subspecialty because of the importance of the gift of vision to patients and the ability to restore it and see such an impact on the patient’s life.
What are your interests?
Retinal tears, retinal detachment, trauma, diabetic retinopathy, age-related macular degeneration (AMD), macular holes, macular epiretinal membranes, central serous retinopathy, retinal vein occlusion, myopic degeneration, and ocular histoplasmosis.
What are your interests in retina research?
For thirty years Retina Associates of Kentucky (RAK) has been active in national clinical research studies that have resulted in important advances in retinal care. Physicians at RAK have served as principal investigators in clinical studies on new treatments for retinal detachments, macular holes, ocular histoplasmosis, diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration. A summary of current active clinical studies at RAK can be reviewed here.
As of March 2019, I am currently serving as principle investigator in the YOSEMITE study evaluating a new drug in the management of diabetic macular edema, the APELLIS OAKS study evaluating a new drug for geographic atrophy in non-exudative macular degeneration, and the TENAYA study evaluating a new drug for exudative AMD. We will be enrolling patients in these 3 studies in 2019.
What do you enjoy outside of medicine?
I enjoy time with my family, playing bridge, golf, building and flying remote control model airplanes, and maintaining saltwater reef aquariums. My wife, Mischelle and I have two children. Blake is a vitreoretinal surgeon. He joined our practice in August of 2016. Laura has a masters degree in social work. She works as a clinical social worker.
Links and Information on Rick D. Isernhagen, MD
Dr. Rick Isernhagen AMD Awareness
Stanton MD – “Keeping It In The Family”
Dr. Isernhagen – “Subspecialty”
Dr. Isernhagen – “Educational Background Isernhagen”
Dr. Isernhagen – “Ocular Histoplasmosis”
Dr. Isernhagen – “Led You to Choose”
University of Oklahoma
Medical School MD:
University of Oklahoma College of Medicine
Dean A. McGee Eye Institute, University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, Department of Ophthalmology
Chief Residency: Dean McGee Eye Institute, University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, Department of Ophthalmology
Surgery Retina and Vitreous, Wilmer Ophthalmological Institute, Johns Hopkins University and Hospital, Baltimore, MD
- Alpha Omega Alpha Honorary Medical Society
- “Best Doctors in America” 2003 to present
- “America’s Top Ophthalmologists” 2007 to present
- Commendation, Commonwealth of Kentucky-Department for the Blind 1991
- Junior Achievement Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology 2002
- Life Fellow American Academy of Ophthalmology 2017
- President, Lexington Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons 1996-1998
- Practicing Ophthalmologist Advisory Committee on Education (POACE), Retina Section Subcommittee Chairman, American Academy of Ophthalmology 1995-2002
- Practice Parameters Committee, Diabetic Retinopathy Subcommittee Chairman, Kentucky Health Policy Board 1995-1996
- Advisory Board, Ophthalmology Center of Excellence, Chairman 1994-1995
- Board of Directors Eye Care Providers of Kentucky, Secretary 1993-1998
- Chief, Section of Ophthalmology Humana Hospital, Jewish Hospital, Saint Joseph East Hospital 1990-1999
“I have been going to Dr. Isernhagen’s office fora few years. I would highly recommend him.The office personnel are always very efficient andfriendly. Thanks for a good visit today.” -Jane